Conservation Innovation Grants, Deadline March 4

The Michigan Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture, is announcing availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications are accepted from Michigan only.

Stream Restoration Project, Kid's Creek

Applications are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in duration. Funds will be awarded through a State wide competitive grant process which will require all applicants to submit a complete and fully documentedapplication package.

DATES: Applications must be received at the NRCS Michigan State Office by 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), on March 4, 2011. ADDRESSES: The address for hand-delivered, US Postal delivery, express mail or overnight courier service for applications is: Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Innovation Grants Program, 3001 Coolidge Rd., Suite 250, East Lansing, MI 48823.

For more information contact: Steven V. Law CIG Program Manager Natural Resources Conservation Service 3001 Coolidge Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823 Phone: (517) 324-5282 Fax: (517) 324-5180 Email: Steven.Law@mi.usda.gov
Eligible Applicants

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Individuals
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Small businesses

Document Type:     Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number:     USDA-NRCS-MI-11-01
Opportunity Category:     Discretionary
Current Closing Date for Applications:     Mar 04, 2011
Archive Date:     Apr 03, 2011
Funding Instrument Type:     Grant
Category of Funding Activity:     Agriculture
Expected Number of Awards:     3
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $225,000
Award Ceiling:     $75,000
CFDA Number(s):     10.912  —  Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     No

Conservation Innovation Grants, Deadline March 4

Fish & Wildlife Grants, Pre-Proposals Due Dec 13

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and Regional Project proposals for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources, as authorized under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (16 USC 941c). The purpose of the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (Act) is to provide assistance to States, Indian Tribes, and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin. Regional Projects are authorized activities of the Service related to fish and wildlife resource protection, restoration, maintenance, and enhancement impacting the resources of multiple States or Indian Tribes with fish and wildlife management authority in the Great Lakes Basin. The Service will be responsible for accomplishing Regional Projects on behalf of the State and/or Tribal agencies submitting the Regional Project proposal. Supported in part by President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a total of approximately $2.0 million is projected to be available to support projects this fiscal year. Available funding and project awards are subject to final Congressional appropriations for Fiscal Year 2011. Up to 33% of the total Congressional appropriation to the Act is eligible to fund Regional Projects. Successful restoration and research projects have ranged from $2,300 to $2,000,000 with the average project at $97,286.

Pre-proposals and Regional Project Proposals are due on December 13, 2010 by 10:00 PM EST. An email will be sent to confirm receipt of all proposals. Pre-proposals and Regional Project Proposals received after this deadline will not be considered.

Funding Instrument Type:     Cooperative Agreement/Grant

Category Explanation:     States, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and Native American Treaty Organizations within the Great Lakes Basin are eligible. Local governments, non-governmental organizations, universities, and conservation organizations (either within or outside of the basin) may receive funding if sponsored by an institution listed above. Proof of sponsorship is not required at the pre-proposal stage, but is required during the review of full proposals to receive funding.

Estimated Total Program Funding:     $2,000,000

CFDA Number(s):     15.608  —  Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     Yes

Eligible Applicants
State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility:
States, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and Native American Treaty Organizations within the Great Lakes Basin are eligible. Local governments, non-governmental organizations, universities, and conservation organizations (either within or outside of the basin) may receive funding if sponsored by an institution listed above. Proof of sponsorship is not required at the pre-proposal stage, but is required during the review of full proposals to receive funding.

Fish & Wildlife Grants, Pre-Proposals Due Dec 13

Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, Due Dec. 13

The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act Grant Program provides federal grants on a competitive basis to states, tribes and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources and their habitat in the Great Lakes basin. The projects are funded under authority of the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2006.

Fiscal Year 2011 Request for Proposals Announced

News Release – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) it is accepting 2011 project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (Act).

The Service requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and Regional Project proposals for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources.  The purpose of the Act is to provide assistance to States, Indian Tribes, and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin.  Supported in part by President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a total of approximately $2.0 million is projected to be available to support projects this fiscal year.  Deadline for proposal submission is December 13, 2010.

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and Regional Project proposals for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources, as authorized under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (16 USC 941c). The purpose of the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (Act) is to provide assistance to States, Indian Tribes, and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin. Regional Projects are authorized activities of the Service related to fish and wildlife resource protection, restoration, maintenance, and enhancement impacting the resources of multiple States or Indian Tribes with fish and wildlife management authority in the Great Lakes Basin. The Service will be responsible for accomplishing Regional Projects on behalf of the State and/or Tribal agencies submitting the Regional Project proposal. Supported in part by President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a total of approximately $2.0 million is projected to be available to support projects this fiscal year. Available funding and project awards are subject to final Congressional appropriations for Fiscal Year 2011. Up to 33% of the total Congressional appropriation to the Act is eligible to fund Regional Projects. Successful restoration and research projects have ranged from $2,300 to $2,000,000 with the average project at $97,286.

Eligible Applicants

State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility:

States, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and Native American Treaty Organizations within the Great Lakes Basin are eligible. Local governments, non-governmental organizations, universities, and conservation organizations (either within or outside of the basin) may receive funding if sponsored by an institution listed above. Proof of sponsorship is not required at the pre-proposal stage, but is required during the review of full proposals to receive funding.

Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, Due Dec. 13

Great Lakes Protection Grant Program, Rolling Deadline

The Fund welcomes preproposals for projects that identify a specific improvement to the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem and have a pragmatic plan to produce those improvements. The Fund supports projects that produce results for the entire basin ecosystem, are carried out by collaborative teams, and tackle issues that have not generally been addressed at basin scale.

Such issues presently include:

Additional projects are sought to expand work in these areas.

All ideas are welcome, provided that they are consistent with the Fund’s general funding guidelines. Click here to learn more about our general funding guidelines.

Support can be in the form of grants, loans, program related investments, or other investment mechanisms. The Fund can support a wide array of project ideas are welcome and preproposals may be submitted at any time.

All proposed projects must meet certain guidelines to be eligible for funding. The ultimate criterion used to select projects is the anticipated benefit to the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Projects must identify a significant, tangible ecological outcome and a pragmatic plan to achieve it. Proposals should identify the expected outcome of the work to be undertaken as precisely as possible. Additional project design resources are available on our web site.

Projects must also lead to benefits for the entire Great Lakes ecosystem. The Fund prefers to support projects that take concrete actions to achieve basin-wide ecological results. Support for activities such as conferences, environmental education, and basic scientific or policy research will be considered for support only when they are part of a broader, regional action strategy that is designed to impact the entire ecosystem.

Projects must supplement existing efforts to protect and restore the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The Fund will not support projects that duplicate ongoing initiatives or replace government funds.

The Fund also considers the following principles when evaluating requests for support:

  • Projects should be driven by environmental results, take concrete actions and have system-wide impact.
  • Projects should be collaborative in nature and create partnerships that reflect the range of interests in the Great Lakes basin.
  • Projects should anticipate and prevent impacts on the health of the ecosystem, rather than attempt to correct environmental problems only after they have occurred.
  • Projects should develop solutions that improve both the environmental and economic health of the basin ecosystem. The Fund is interested in supporting efforts that promote both environmental and economic sustainability.
  • Projects must be based on sound science, should utilize the results of existing research, and apply the skills of the basin’s scientific community. Just as the Fund will not support basic research that is not a part of an action strategy, the Fund will not support actions that are not based in rigorous, scientific analysis.
  • The Fund does not provide general operating support and does not support lobbying or litigation.

The Great Lakes Protection Fund can support a wide variety of applicants. Non-profit organizations (including environmental organizations, trade associations, and universities), for-profit businesses, government agencies, and individuals are eligible for Fund support. Successful applicants must maintain open access to certain project data, records, and information.

All applicants must comply with the Fund’s general funding guidelines, show that the proposed work has clear public benefit and that any related financial benefits will accrue to the public good. Government agencies must show that Fund support is not being used to replace or duplicate public funds.

Refer also to frequently asked questions about our Funding Guidelines.

Source – http://www.glpf.org/

Great Lakes Protection Grant Program, Rolling Deadline

Open Rivers Initiative, Deadline Nov 17

The NOAA Open Rivers Initiative (ORI) provides funding and technical assistance to catalyze the implementation of locally-driven projects to remove dams and other river barriers, in order to benefit living marine and coastal resources, particularly diadromous fish. Projects funded through the Open Rivers Initiative must feature strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components that foster economic, educational, and social benefits for citizens and their communities in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources. Proposals selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a cooperative agreement. Funding of up to $6,000,000 is expected to be available for ORI Project Grants in FY 2011. The NOAA Restoration Center within the Office of Habitat Conservation will administer this grant initiative, and anticipates that typical awards will range from $200,000 to $750,000. Although a select few may fall outside of this range, project proposals requesting less than $100,000 or greater than $3,000,000 will not be accepted or reviewed.

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profits, industry and commercial (for profit) organizations, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments whose projects have the potential to benefit NOAA trust resources. Applications from Federal agencies or employees of Federal agencies will not be considered. Federal agencies are strongly encouraged to work with states, non-governmental organizations, national service clubs or youth corps organizations and others entities that are eligible to apply. The Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC/NOAA) is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that work in under-served areas. The ORI encourages proposals from or involving any of the above institutions.

Open Rivers Initiative, Deadline Nov 17

Manistee, Muskegon AuSable River Grants, Due Feb 28

MICHIGAN HABITAT IMPROVEMENT FUND PROGRAM GRANTS

Program Objective(s):
To provide funds for projects on the Manistee, Muskegon and AuSable rivers to improve and
enhance fisheries and aquatic resources affected by the operation of Consumers Energy
Company’s hydropower projects. These projects include fisheries habitat restoration and
enhancement, preparing comprehensive river management plans, aquatic studies, fisheries
recreation, water quality improvement and soil erosion control activities on these three rivers.

Criteria:
1. The proposed project must be needed in the area.
2. Degree to which the project meets one of the needs, areas of concern, or
management direction indicated by the river assessments, river management plans,
or Fisheries Division priorities and supported by the project coordinator
3. Length of time the project will provide benefits
4. Impact on future research projects such as enhancement to increase natural
recruitment thereby reducing future costs of stocking
5. Reduction of future expenditures or direct expenditures in a positive manner
6. Size of area that will benefit from the proposed project
7. Proposed project benefits compared to the costs
8. Applicant has made preliminary arrangements with appropriate contractors for
completion of the proposed project.
9. Proposed projects having match funds available will be given preference.

Eligibility:
All units of government, nonprofit organizations, and individuals willing to develop and complete
projects located in the watersheds for the three river systems where the Consumers Energy
Company hydropower projects are located.

Funds available in the fall if applications are accepted for award.

Manistee, Muskegon AuSable River Grants, Due Feb 28